Bob Dylan accepts the Nobel Prize but will not attend the ceremony
Legendary artist Bob Dylan will not be attending the Nobel Prize ceremony in his honor due to prior engagements.
On October 13, 2016 the Swedish Academy announced that Dylan had been awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”.
In the weeks that followed, Dylan made no comment on the honor and several media outlets speculated that he might reject the prize for political reasons.
However at the end of October, Dylan had telephoned Sara Danius, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy, and said, “If I accept the Prize? Of course. The news about the Nobel Prize left me speechless. I appreciate the honor so much.”
According to a press release from The Swedish Academy, Dylan sent them a personal letter stating that “due to pre-existing commitments, he is unable to travel to Stockholm in December and therefore will not attend the Nobel Prize Ceremony. He underscored, once again, that he feels very honored indeed, wishing that he could receive the prize in person.”
They also stated that while it is “unusual” for laureates not to attend the ceremony, it is not unprecedented. They pointed out that Doris Lessing, Harold Pinter, and Elfriede Jelinek were also unable to come to Stockholm.
Though he will not attend the ceremony, Dylan will still receive the prize as long as he gives a lecture for the academy within 6 months of December 10, 2016.
As Dylan will be performing in Stockholm in the spring of 2017, it is highly likely that he will give his lecture at that time.